One of the big misconceptions about senior portraits is that we’re doing this for a great yearbook photo. Yes, of course I want to ensure you have a killer yearbook photo, but for my senior clients I want you to get more than that from your photoshoot.
More than a snapshot
I’ve talked about this before but senior portraits are more than a snapshot. If you just want a yearbook photo, then hit up your uncle with the “good camera” and hope for the best. Heck, you could go out with your friends and take a few and hope it looks good. But seniors that go this route tend to think it looks good enough at the moment and then in the Spring of their senior year they want to do a portrait session with a professional photographer.
Hire a professional photographer
There’s this thing about working with a professional photographer that you can’t get with your uncle or bffs. Yes, it might be fun, but they don’t do this on the regular. They don’t know how to coach you through poses that will flatter your body. There’s also knowing how to use your equipment and the light and posing all together that really sets professionals above someone that loves to take pictures.
Photos that represent you
For my senior clients, I want you to get elements of yourself in the photos. I encourage you to bring props, if not a whole outfit that represents something that has been a big part of your high school years. That could be an activity, group, sports, work, church, or passion. What is that thing that you’ll remember 20 years from now and love seeing in a photo? For me it was my truck. I loved my lil ford ranger and so happy I have a photo with it before I totaled it when I was 19.
So yes, let’s get an amazing portrait that you love for the yearbook, but let’s also capture a bit of who you are as a teenager. These are years you’ll look back on and it’s so great to have professional portraits that can remind you a bit of who you used to be.
But, if you are still pretty sure you ONLY want a yearbook photo I’ll have a day of Senior Minis in September. These are quick 20 minute photoshoots to get you a killer yearbook photo. Date will be announced soon so check back!